Poppies sold and worn in the US?

#1
A bit late now, but on Saturday my wife casually mentioned that back in MN they wear poppies for Veterans Day. Never heard of that. But since I live in the ungodly Northeast, I'm probably cut off from reality. Anyone know whether my missus is talking bollocks again?
 
#2
I heard this too from the RBL in Florida. They are smaller than our ones and the tradition has died out pretty much but yes they were worn.
 
#3
I know they wear them in Canada, as for the yanks, I think she might be pulling your leg. I haven't seen a single american wear a poppy. Although I reckon they'd give yoou a GPS if you wanted to trade a poppy with them.

But don't quote me on that.
 
#5
just heard from a friend of mine @ crab air, who is out playing in the sand pit with the septics.

this is from the email he sent me:
You will also be glad to hear that we mamnaged to raise some $1500 by selling poppies to the spams in Baghdad, within the Corps HQ - US military celebrates their Veterans Day on 11 Nov as well - so once we explained what the poppy was all about (and not some faggoty flower as some young US Marine mentioned to one of my drivers - and got punched for it (by him not me)) - the Spams joined in and bought a shit load of poppies - some guys were even donating $40 a poppy.

Anyway - a joint Veterans Day/Rememberance service was carried this morning - US Marines flew out some of there band from the USA
 
#6
I can well remember when I lived in Chicago in 80/81 and attended Remembrance Ceremonies (and totally marvellous they were too!) that practically all the Septics had poppies on their lapels or in other locations. Poppies were also very freely available all over the place and people donated absolute fückin' shiteloads of cash to the vendors!

Mind you, it might be a bit different now. Bush the Berk an' all!

MsG
 
#7
Yeah Bugsy i think it is different now. One comment I heard when i asked a Yank what Rememberance day meant , was "I don't know, I must have slept through it"
 
#8
I wore my poopy on Friday to an event at the Italian Embassy in DC. Two Americans asked me what it was . Ironically both were US Navy veterans. One of the Carabinieri asked me what it was, and a third American (non-Veteran) thanked me for wearing it. A local American Legion was selling them at a Wal-Mart ner my hometown in Pennsylvania, and I believe several American Legions sell them here in the DC area.
 
#9
yank_eyetie said:
I wore my poopy on Friday to an event at the Italian Embassy in DC. Two Americans asked me what it was . Ironically both were US Navy veterans. One of the Carabinieri asked me what it was, and a third American (non-Veteran) thanked me for wearing it. A local American Legion was selling them at a Wal-Mart ner my hometown in Pennsylvania, and I believe several American Legions sell them here in the DC area.
I don't think we're talking about the same thing yank_eyetie? I think you may have revealed a little too much of your Friday night activities.....
 
#10
nips said:
yank_eyetie said:
I wore my poopy on Friday to an event at the Italian Embassy in DC. Two Americans asked me what it was . Ironically both were US Navy veterans. One of the Carabinieri asked me what it was, and a third American (non-Veteran) thanked me for wearing it. A local American Legion was selling them at a Wal-Mart ner my hometown in Pennsylvania, and I believe several American Legions sell them here in the DC area.
I don't think we're talking about the same thing yank_eyetie? I think you may have revealed a little too much of your Friday night activities.....
FFS! give the man a break, nips! Yank_eytie, hai fatto bene, molto bene! Gratulatione!!! Di pue non lo posso dire!

MsG
 
#11
Bugsy said:
I can well remember when I lived in Chicago in 80/81 and attended Remembrance Ceremonies (and totally marvellous they were too!) that practically all the Septics had poppies on their lapels or in other locations. Poppies were also very freely available all over the place and people donated absolute fückin' shiteloads of cash to the vendors!

Mind you, it might be a bit different now. Bush the Berk an' all!

MsG
-Yes.... of course, it's Bush's fault for that too :roll: Typical BDS sufferer



As for wearing Poppies in the USA;

http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.levelc&cid=127

Both the VFW(Veterans of Foreign Wars), & the American Legion both sell them.

They are worn on Memorial Day;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day

&

Veterans Day(Nov.11th);
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans’_Day
 
#12
Haven't seen anyone else wear one in NY.

Been asked a couple of times what it stands for and although tempted to describe how it is worn in support of the poppy growers of AFG, have stood firm.

PB
 
#13
Based upon comments from US colleague (Serving & Retired) they were not aware of what the poppy that my Can co-worker and I were wearing. Some had noticed that the coaches of the Canadian Ice Hockey teams were wearing them but that was it.

We ended up send an all depts e-mail

Why we wear Poppies....
Remembrance Day (Australia, Canada, Colombia, UK and Ireland), also known as Poppy Day (South Africa and Malta), and Armistice Day (UK, New Zealand and many other Commonwealth countries; and the original name of the holiday internationally) is a day to commemorate the sacrifice of veterans and civilians in World War I and other wars. It is observed on November 11 to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918.

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns of Europe fell silent. After four years of the most bitter and devastating fighting, The Great War was finally over. The Armistice was signed at 5am in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne, France on November 11, 1918. Six hours later, at 11am, the war ended.

The first Remembrance Day was conducted in 1919 throughout Britain and the Commonwealth. Originally called Armistice Day, it commemorated the end of hostilities the previous year. It came to symbolise the end of the war and provide an opportunity to remember those who had died.

After the end of the Second World War in 1945 Armistice Day became Remembrance Day to include all those who had fallen in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

The poppy's significance to Remembrance Day is a result of Canadian military physician John McCrae's poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy emblem was chosen because of the poppies that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their red colour an appropriate symbol for the bloodshed of trench warfare.....
 
#14
cheesypoptart said:
A bit late now, but on Saturday my wife casually mentioned that back in MN they wear poppies for Veterans Day. Never heard of that. But since I live in the ungodly Northeast, I'm probably cut off from reality. Anyone know whether my missus is talking balls again?
It's been years since I remember poppies being sold, I think it's a custom that's been dying out to some extent. Terribly sad.
 
#15
I bought one for each of the tribe on Memorial Day (last Monday in May, I believe) on a base in VA. However, saw very few around outside the base.
I bought my regular poppy on a trip to Canada (and very smart it was, too) where most people seemed to be wearing them. I'll bring it up next time I go for a liquid lunch at the American Legion.
 
#16
I think that America uses and sells the poppies on Memorial Day, not on Veterans' Day.
 
#17
Having attended the Remembrance Service at KAF on Nov 11th, I then had to explain to various US, ISAF, UN, and Afghan colleagues the significance of the Poppy I was wearing.

All of them got it. Military and civilian.
 
#18
Poppies are sold by the VFW and such, but it's not a big thing.

The other point is that there's a substantial difference in concept behind Rememberance Day and Veteran's Day: The US equivalent to Rememberance Day is Memorial Day, which comes around in May. The difference is that Memorial Day is in honour of those who died, but Veteran's Day is to celebrate those who served and survived, regardless of if they went to where the shooting was. That's why Vet's Day is usually a less sombre event, with parades and whatnot.

NTM
 
#20
Bugsy said:
nips said:
yank_eyetie said:
I wore my poopy on Friday to an event at the Italian Embassy in DC. Two Americans asked me what it was . Ironically both were US Navy veterans. One of the Carabinieri asked me what it was, and a third American (non-Veteran) thanked me for wearing it. A local American Legion was selling them at a Wal-Mart ner my hometown in Pennsylvania, and I believe several American Legions sell them here in the DC area.
I don't think we're talking about the same thing yank_eyetie? I think you may have revealed a little too much of your Friday night activities.....
FFS! give the man a break, nips! Yank_eytie, hai fatto bene, molto bene!
Gratulatione!!! Di pue non lo posso dire!

MsG
Nips,

My bad typing. Fortunately, the food was really good at the event so I didn't have to worry about what you noted.

Tanti grazie, Bugsy!
 
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